Examiner A Wantagh man was arrested Monday after he allegedly stabbed another man during an argument that started with a game of beer pong, Nassau County police said. Michael Pelaez, 22, of 1921 Merikoke Ave. South, is awaiting arraignment Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead on a charges of second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Police said at 3:35 a.m. on Monday, Pelaez and a 25-year-old male victim were playing a game of beer pong in Pelaez’s garage when a verbal argument began. During the argument, police allege that Pelaez headed into his kitchen and grabbed a knife. When he returned to the garage, Pelaez stabbed the man in the right hand, police said. Police were called to the scene and Pelaez was placed under arrest. The victim was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was treated for the stab wound. As of this writing, his condition was not immediately known.
I cannot rip Michael Pelaez for stabbing his beer pong opponent, it is an offense I nearly committed numerous times, and I blame the fact that there is no universal set of rules for beer pong. Whenever you play at a new place, the people there have their own set of “house rules” which they normally do not make you aware of until you break one of them. This almost always starts an argument. Below are what SportSmasher.com is making the official rules of beer pong.
1) Always play ten cup, unless you are at a large party and need to keep it moving, then six cup is acceptable.
2) Cups must be filled to at least the bottom marking on a solo cup. For a twist put full cups in the three corners of your triangle.
3) If a player and their partner each make their shot, you send both shots back.
4) You can bounce, and if a bounce goes in, you pull two cups. Your opponents can defend the bounce. Great rule because it keeps everyone on their toes.
5) If both teammates make the same cup before their opponents have a chance to pull the cup, the game is over, because cups should be pulled immediately following a make.
6) If a team makes the final two cups in succession, or both make the final cup, the game is over. If just one member of the team makes the final cup, each of their opponents have the opportunity to shoot until they miss.
7) Overtime is three cups. Same rules apply.
Simple. Rewards better players, keeps games competitive, these are the standard beer pong rules and stabbings will be prevented.
Any other rule set would be uncivilized.